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Judge Ruben Becerra issues resolution in support of Hays County tax relief

Hays County Historic Courthouse

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

April 27, 2020

County Judge Ruben Becerra issued a tax relief resolution agenda item for the Hays County Commissioners Court meeting being held 9 a.m. April 28. The resolution implores Gov. Abbott, the Texas Comptroller, Glenn Hegar, the Texas Legislature and the Hays Central Appraisal District to provide tax relief...

COVID-19 updates from Gov. Abbott’s office, April 24, 2020

Governor's Mansion

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 24, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state will provide HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance to people experiencing housing challenges in response to COVID-19 and launch an online COVID-19 test collection map. The TBRA funds are made possible through a series of waivers that give the flexibility needed to...

COVID-19 updates from Gov. Abbott’s office, April 23, 2020

Gov. Abbott speaks into a microphone with two people behind him.

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 23, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will receive nearly $54 million in federal funds to support older Texans and people with disabilities as part of the state's response to COVID-19. The funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Adm...

COVID-19 updates from Gov. Abbott’s office, April 22, 2020

Greg Abbott

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 22, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott temporarily waived certain financial aid restrictions at the state's higher education institutions to help students in need financially, along with certain testing requirements for Advance Practice Registered Nurses. The financial aid waiver allows higher education institutions to tr...

H-E-B to extend temporary hours of operation

People walk past water cases and charcoal at H-E-B.

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 22, 2020

H-E-B announced its stores will extend its temporary hours of operation to better serve customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Monday, April 27, H-E-B stores across Texas will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice. A press release states with the addition of new hours,...

Gov. Abbott provides update on state’s efforts to combat COVID-19

Gov. Abbott

Sierra Martin, Senior News Reporter

April 21, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference April 21 where he provided updates on the state's COVID-19 efforts, addressed unemployment and the oil price drop. Abbott announced he will issue an executive order April 27 that may override local jurisdictions' stay-at-home orders. Additional details...

Gov. Abbott releases statement after unconfirmed reports of SMPD officer shooting

Gov. Abbott

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 18, 2020

UPDATE: Shooting confirmed at 9:32 p.m. The San Marcos Police Department confirmed a man shot and killed an SMPD officer, wounded two others and died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound this evening at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments on Hunter Road. Read the full story here. 8:57 p...

Star Rundown Saturday: Children advocacy centers, Employees Union and more

Star Rundown Saturday: Children advocacy centers, Employees Union and more

Jaden Edison, Bella Lopes, and Haley Brand

April 18, 2020

It’s Star Rundown Saturday!!! Jaden Edison and Bella Lopes are back (and following social distancing guidelines) to give you a peek into the top stories of the week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I_zd_d6Ugo&feature=youtu.be Edited by Haley Brand Intro by Ethan Hunt...

Why the 2020 Census isn’t immune to COVID-19

A paper that reads

Ziek Sanchez, News Reporter

April 17, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is implementing several adjustments to the 2020 Census in order to count U.S. citizens accurately and on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Census Bureau extended response deadlines and continued pushing citizens to use online census resources to complete the nation-wide...

Gov. Abbott announces phasing in of data driven state-wide reopening

Gov. Abbott

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

April 17, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a state-wide reopening of the state has been initiated and will continue to develop based on data and advice from medical and state advisers. As of 2:10 p.m. April 17, The Texas Department of Health and Human Services reported 17,371 total cases of COVID-19, 428 fatalities...

COVID-19 updates from Gov. Abbott’s office, April 16, 2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks into a microphone.

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 16, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launched the Governor's Small Business Webinar series and provided more details on a press conference scheduled Friday to address the state's economic response to COVID-19. The Governor's Small Business Webinar Series provides small business owners and entrepreneurs information on COVID-19 ...

COVID-19 updates from Gov. Abbott’s office, April 15, 2020

Greg Abbott

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

April 15, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced $38 million in federal emergency COVID-19 funding, released a statement on new drive-thru testing sites in Harris County and planned an announcement on reopening the Texas economy for Friday, April 17. Abbott's Public Safety Office will provide $38 million in federal funds...

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